Government News

Lafayette's new fire chief to be announced Jan. 3

Dec 30, 2011

Two and a half weeks after announcing a change in leadership at the Lafayette Fire Department, Mayor Tony Roswarski is set to hire a new chief.

A news release from the mayor's office states Roswarski finished interviewing candidates for the position and will review resumes over the weekend.

He's expected to notify the top finalist Monday and have that person sworn in Tuesday immediately following the Board of Works meeting.

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New policies and procedures for visiting the Indiana State House will be effective January 1. The Indiana State Fire Marshall’s Office, the Indiana Department of Administration (IDOA), the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) and the Indiana State Police (ISP) will implement the protocols, which officials say will ensure public safety and access to the building. 

Judge OKs Kokomo's annexation plan

Dec 29, 2011

A court order has cleared the way for Kokomo to continue expansion plans.

The city will be able to annex land on its east and west sides. The effort began 3 years ago, but some residents in the affected areas objected and went to court.

The new population of Kokomo will be nearly 57,000, making it Indiana’s 12th largest city, covering roughly 30 square miles. That would make it larger than Elkhart, Greenwood, Mishawaka, and Noblesville.

New voting districts are in place for the Tippecanoe County commission and council.

Commissioners signed off on the new maps drawn with advice from the Area Plan Commission and election board staff. District lines were redrawn based on the latest census information.

The county’s population increased 16% over the last decade. Districts had to be reworked so each has roughly the same number of residents.

The updating includes new precinct boundaries. Some were split because the number of active voters was greater than 12-hundred.

Master Trooper Ann Hampton is now a sergeant with the Indiana State Police.

She will serve as a district squad leader of the Lafayette Post.  In this new capacity, Sgt. Hampton will oversee the day to day activities of the road troopers assigned to her squad.

WL WWTU plan headed to IDEM for review

Dec 28, 2011

West Lafayette’s Waste Water Utility Director is proposing four projects over the next decade-and-a-half, as part of an updated long-term control plan.

Dave Henderson says the goal is to increase the city’s capacity of handling rain in its sewers from the current quarter-inch per hour to two inches per hour.

He says doing so would reduce the amount of raw sewage that flows into the Wabash River during heavy rain.

The city’s Board of Works approved the updated 15-year plan yesterday.

It now heads to the state Department of Environmental Management for review.

Lafayette's Alabama Street changing status

Dec 27, 2011
Butler, Fairman & Seufert

A stretch of Alabama Street in downtown Lafayette will no longer be one-way.

The city is allowing traffic both ways on the block between 3rd and 4th streets.

Redevelopment Director Dennis Carson says the change is in response to a request by residents of the Ellsworth-Romig Neighborhood.

Tippecanoe County officials are concerned about a proposal in the Federal Transportation Bill that could have a negative impact on the Lafayette area.

The measure being crafted on Capitol Hill might do away with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) serving populations with fewer than 200,000 people. Seven of the 14 in Indiana risk elimination.


A Marion County judge ruled Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White was ineligible to run in last year’s election.

Judge Louis Rosenberg found evidence that White was not living at his 
stated address when he filed to run for office.

White defeated Democrat Vop Osili in the General Election.

The court decision now sends the case back to the Indiana Recount Commission, which previously ruled White was an eligible candidate.

Tippecanoe APC approves Islamic Center site plans

Dec 22, 2011

Members of the Hawthorne Ridge Neighborhood Association are raising concerns about a possible Islamic Center in the unincorporated area of Tippecanoe County.

The facility is proposed for the intersection of county roads 500 North and 50 West, north of West Lafayette.

Association President Tom Fackleman says that type of project could disturb the current landscape of the community, and might cause drainage problems.